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What to Do When Your Vehicle Overheats

July 22, 2013 by

The summer heat not only affects us, it also affects our vehicles. Our vehicles are much more likely to overheat during the hot summer months.

It is important to do what you can to prevent your vehicle from overheating in the first place. Making sure to use the proper coolant for your vehicle is extremely important. Not all coolants are safe for all vehicles. Also, making sure that there is enough coolant in your system before driving is going to save you from a possible overheating scenario. If you notice that your vehicle is overheating—steam coming out of the hood and/or your temperature gauge going past the halfway mark and into the red zone—turn off your air conditioning and turn on your heat to full blast. Doing this will transfer some of the heat away from the engine to the inside of the vehicle.

Pull over, especially if there’s not a service station nearby, and turn the engine off. Pop the hood, but let it cool down before completely opening it. NEVER open the radiator cap while the vehicle is still hot; this is very dangerous. The radiator cap should be cool to the touch before opening. Look in the coolant reservoir to see if there is coolant in there. It is always a good idea to carry a bottle of coolant with you. In a pinch, you can use water.

If you have antifreeze with you, fill your reservoir with the coolant once your vehicle has cooled down. Your vehicle manufacturer should have stipulations on which types of antifreeze to use. Some are premixed; others need to be mixed with a 50/50 combo of coolant and water. If your radiator is not properly holding the fluid, there could be a leak somewhere, and it’s important to get it checked immediately.

If the vehicle does not seem to be cooling down, and there is not a service station nearby, it may be necessary to call roadside assistance for a tow.

Feeling the Heat

June 20, 2013 by

Everyone loves a little fun in the sun, but when people linger in the sun’s rays a little too long, it can have harmful effects on their health, especially for seniors.

Heat-related illnesses, collectively known as hyperthermia, occur when the body overheats and does not have the sufficient means to cool itself down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the elderly are more prone to the sun’s harmful rays because they are more likely to have a chronic medical condition or take medication that inhibits normal body responses to heat.

“People who work in high heat develop a certain degree of tolerance. With the elderly, their ability to adapt to extreme temperatures is limited, and the body’s ability to maintain status quo is much more at risk,” says Kris Stapp, vice president of community and public health at Omaha’s Visiting Nurse Association.

Heat exhaustion is a mild form of heat stress. Continuous exposure to high temperatures, combined with high humidity and physical exertion, can lead to dehydration. If you develop heavy sweating, a pale complexion, muscle cramps, and a sense of tiredness, you may be suffering from heat exhaustion. If not controlled, heat exhaustion can escalate to heat stroke, which can cause permanent brain and organ damage.

Stapp stresses the importance of taking into account the timing of outdoor activities, especially strenuous ones such as gardening or walking. Older folks may need to adapt their outdoor plans in times of extreme heat.

“What is dangerous about any heat-related illness is, it comes on so subtly that people don’t realize it’s happening until the symptoms really set in,” Stapp says. “When people get to the point where they are confused, it can lead to unconsciousness.”

To combat heat stress, the CDC advises drinking plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure to get plenty of rest and try to stay in air-conditioned environments during the heat of the day. Also, make sure to wear lightweight clothing if venturing outdoors.

“Be smart,” Stapp says. “It’s about turning all this information around, and not only knowing the warning signs, but also how to prevent it from happening.”

Hot Products: Picnic Essentials

Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Summer is the perfect time to grab your spouse, kids, or friends and head out for a picnic. Whether your picnic is out at a local park or just in the backyard, make it the best with these hot products from local home businesses (shown in photo above).

Corkcicle Wine Chiller ($24.99). Available at Category One Gifts & Gourmet – categoryonegifts.com 

Studiopatro “Just Dots” and “Homegrown” Tea Towels ($26.95 each). Available at Pearson & Co.   pearsonandcompanyomaha.com

Freezable Wine Chilling Sleeves ($6.75 each). Available at Moore’s Landscaping & Nursery   mooresnursery.com

Prodyne Acrylic Wine Goblets, 14 oz. ($5.99 each). Available at Category One Gifts & Gourmet – categoryonegifts.com

Floral Canvas Picnic Basket ($37.50). Available at Moore’s Landscaping & Nursery   mooresnursery.com

Kuhn Rikon 4” Pairing Knife with Cover ($9.99). Available at Category One Gifts & Gourmet – categoryonegifts.com

“Tangerine Dream“ and “Margarita” Ticking Woven Cotton Rugs ($30 each). Available at Pearson & Co.   pearsonandcompanyomaha.com

Dash & Albert Fresh American Indoor/Outdoor Pillow in “Mingled Apple” ($58). Available at Pearson & Co.   pearsonandcompanyomaha.com